MANILA, Philippines – University of Sto. Tomas (UST) scrambled past a surprisingly tough University of the East (UE), 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 25-22, to end a four-game skid on Saturday in UAAP Season 76 women's volleyball at The Arena in San Juan.
Alex Cabanos took over the setting chores from Loren Lantin who sprained her ankle in the opening set and closed out the match with a drop shot.
The Tigresses, who improved to 3-5 in sixth place, pulled away from a 16-16 standoff to inch closer to match point but the Lady Warriors threatened to turn things around at 22-24 via a Jan Manansala kill. UE remained winless in eight games.
Rookie sensation Marck Espejo drilled in 20 hits while Rex as Ateneo dealt defending men's champion National University (NU) its first loss of the season, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23, in men’s action.
De La Salle also opened its second round campaign in the men’s division on a bright note with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 thumping of University of the Philippines.
Adamson U continues sensational run
Meanwhile, Adamson University pulled off a 5-0 shutout against University of the Philippines (UP) in UAAP softball.
Rizza Bernardino and Luzviminda Embudo belted a solo homerun each for the Lady Falcons, who were forced to a full-inning game for the third time this season.
Adamson remains unbeaten in eight matches this season and more remarkable, they have gone 42-0 since Season 73.
Also on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, UST turned back University of the East (4-3), and De La Salle arrested a four-game skid with a 7-0 shutout of Ateneo.
The Tigresses have won five straight and are now 6-1 won-lost at solo second, while De La Salle improved to 2-6. UE dropped to 3-7 while Ateneo remained in the cellar with 1-7.